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Vatican announces historic China accord to appoint bishops

Vilnius - The Vatican announced Saturday it had reached an historic accord with China on the appointment of bishops in the Communist country which has so far named its own officials to a sole Beijing-recognised Catholic church.

Pope honours Baltic martyrs as bishops quit over abuse

Vilnius - Pope Francis began a Baltic tour in Catholic Lithuania on Saturday, honouring victims of the region's Nazi and Soviet occupations as the Church scrambles to contain the fallout from fresh clerical abuse scandals.

Pope to honour Baltic martyrs amid abuse crisis

Vilnius - Pope Francis kicks off a Baltic tour in Catholic Lithuania on Saturday where he will honour victims of the region's Nazi and Soviet occupations as the Church reels from fresh clerical abuse scandals.

Baltic pagans ask pope for help over religious status battle

Vilnius - Latvian and Lithuanian neo-pagans have called on Pope Francis to end local Catholic opposition to their quest for religious recognition in the Baltic states, ahead of the pontiff's visit to the region Saturday.

Lithuanian Soviet, Nazi victims await pope's 'never again'

Vilnius - Thirty-five years ago, Father Sigitas Tamkevicius was detained and repeatedly interrogated at a KGB prison for protesting Soviet religious discrimination.

Pope to pay tribute to Baltic freedom amid abuse crisis

Vilnius - Pope Francis will start a Baltic tour in Lithuania on Saturday during which he will pay homage to the history of a region that still bears the scars of its Nazi and Soviet occupations.

German troops face Russian 'hybrid war' in Lithuania: Merkel

Rukla - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday Berlin was boosting military cyber capabilities to respond to Russian hybrid warfare that is targeting its troops deployed on NATO's eastern flank.

EU firm on Russia sanctions over Ukraine: Merkel  

Vilnius - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that the European Union would maintain sanctions against Russia until Moscow makes progress on fulfilling its commitments under a peace plan for east Ukraine.

Lithuania urges Walmart to drop Soviet-themed shirts

Vilnius - Lithuania on Friday urged American retail giant Walmart to stop selling T-shirts and hoodies with Soviet hammer and sickle symbols, insisting that the image insults victims of often deadly Soviet-era persecution.

Lithuania to appeal European ruling on secret CIA jail: PM

Vilnius - Lithuania's prime minister said on Wednesday that his Baltic EU nation would appeal a European court ruling that found it was complicit in a secret and illegal CIA programme to hold terror suspects on its soil.

Lithuanian media sign pact with govt to counter hackers

Vilnius - Lithuania's major online media outlets on Tuesday signed an agreement to work with the defence ministry as they try to fend off a growing barrage of cyber attacks, largely blamed on Russia.

Netanyahu sees path to Palestinian peace in Israeli-Arab ties

Vilnius - Israel's prime minister says he sees a path to peace with Palestinians through the "normalisation" of relations with Arab states which, like his country, are also facing an emboldened Iran.

Netanyahu warns Jews still under threat

Vilnius - Israel's prime minister said on Sunday that Jews were still at risk even decades after the Holocaust as he wrapped up a groundbreaking visit to Lithuania, a Baltic state once home to his forefathers.

Netanyahu honours Holocaust victims, ancestors in Lithuania

Vilnius - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday paid tribute to Holocaust victims and Lithuanians who saved Jews during a historic visit to the Baltic EU state, the homeland of his ancestors.

Israel PM urges Baltics to push EU on Iran

Vilnius - Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday asked Baltic state leaders for help in convincing the EU to step up pressure on Iran and slammed a Brussels aid package for Tehran.

Netanyahu courts Baltics as EU slams settlement plans

Vilnius - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began a groundbreaking visit in Lithuania on Thursday, saying he hoped to deepen ties with eastern EU nations as Brussels blasted Israel's plans for fresh settlements in the West Bank.

Netanyahu in Baltics in search of European allies

Vilnius - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed in Lithuania on Thursday for a Baltic summit through which he said he hoped to deepen ties with eastern European nations to counter the EU's "not always friendly" relations with his country.

Lithuania says will not appeal European court ruling over CIA jail

Vilnius - Lithuania on Wednesday said it would not appeal a European court ruling that the Baltic state had been complicit in a clandestine CIA programme by holding terror suspects at a secret detention site on its territory.

Lithuania capital launches provocative 'G-spot' tourism ads

Vilnius - Lithuania's capital is pressing ahead with controversial plans for a raunchy international advertising campaign that refers to the city as the "G-spot of Europe", despite opposition from the church and central government.

Russian dissidents find haven in Lithuania

Vilnius - Journalist Yevgeny Titov, reporting from Crimea after Russia annexed the peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, understood the risk he was taking.
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